Being a Terrific UMBC Retriever Booster

You are a booster or by NCAA definition a "Representative of Athletics Interest if you:

  • Participate in or have been a member of the UMBC Retriever Club or any other organization that promotes UMBC's intercollegiate athletic program.
  • Make or have made financial contributions to any of the Retriever Athletic programs or to the UMBC Athletic department.
  • Are assisting or have been requested (by the Athletic staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospects.
  • Provide or help arrange for benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; such as summer or vacation employment for Retriever athletes.
  • Have been involved in promoting UMBC Athletics in any way.
  • Are the parent of an enrolled student-athlete.

Once a booster always a booster: this is according to NCAA regulations, even if you no longer contribute to the athletics program.

Prospective Student-Athlete (prospect): is a student who has started classes for the 9th grade.

Junior College Prospects: the same recruiting rules that apply to high school prospects also apply to junior college prospects.

A booster's role in the recruiting process:

  • All boosters, alumni, friends and other "representatives of athletics' interests", who are not employed by UMBC are prohibited from making contact (in-person, by phone, fax, e-mail or letter) with a prospective student-athlete or his/her family for the purpose of encouraging their involvement in UMBC athletics. UMBC faculty members are permitted to have direct contact with prospects, but only on the UMBC campus.
  • Do not make in-person contact with a prospect either on or off the college campus. If you know a coach is entertaining one or more prospects at an event on the UMBC campus, please don't approach the coach while prospects are present.
  • An alumnus may be called by a prospect to discuss UMBC generally, but not to talk specifics about Retriever athletics.
  • An impermissible contact, even accidental could jeopardize the prospect's athletic future at UMBC, as the prospect could be sanctioned by the NCAA.
  • You may view a prospect's game on your own initiative as long as you do not contact the prospective student-athlete.
  • You may not contact a prospect's coach, principal or counselor to try to get an evaluation of the prospect.
  • You may not visit the prospect's high school to pick up videotapes or transcripts.
  • If you already have an established relationship with a prospect, you may continue that relationship. You may not though, use that relationship for recruitment purposes.
  • Do not directly or indirectly become involved in making arrangements for a prospect, the prospect's family or friends to receive money, financial aid or other forms of inducements even if such things are available to prospective students in general.
  • Do not provide cash or loans; promise of employment after college graduation; special discounts or payment arrangements on loans; or employment of the relatives or friends of a prospect; free or reduced charges for services; use of automobiles; cosigning for loans, providing transportation to get to their summer job; loaning or giving money or other tangible items; free or reduced housing arrangements; payments of transportation for relatives and friends of the prospects.
  • Do not provide free tickets to either home or away UMBC games or to any athletic or nonathletic event.
  • Do not establish any fund for the purpose of recruiting prospective student-athletes. All such funds must be administered by the university.
  • Do not entertain or provide tickets, gifts, or other benefits to high school, prep school or junior college coaches.
  • You may offer your assistance to any UMBC coach who is recruiting in your city, such as providing transportation or suggesting people that they should contact.
  • Once a prospect signs a National Letter of Intent with UMBC, you may only discuss summer employment opportunities with the prospect as long as the UMBC Athletic Administration has given you permission to do so.

Employment of Student-Athletes:

  • Do not provide employment for a prospect or a current student-athlete without checking with the UMBC athletic department first.
  • Do not employ a prospect prior to the completion of the prospect's senior year in high school.
  • Do not employ a current scholarship athlete during the academic year without first contacting the athletic department.
  • Do not provide transportation to and from the job, unless the same service is provided to all employees.
  • You may pay them at the same rate as non-athletic employees performing the same job.

Current Student-Athletes:

  • Do not provide room, board, or transportation or cover the costs for those items for student-athletes, their friends or family to visit campus, attend an away athletic event, or other activities.
  • Do not pay for any costs associated with any academic projects.
  • Do not provide any extra benefit or special arrangement to student-athletes, their friends or family. Such extra benefits include, but are not limited to:
    • A special discount , payment arrangement or credit on a purchase or service (i.e. airline ticket, dry cleaning, clothing)
    • A loan of money in any amount
    • A guarantee of bond or loans; including co-signing
    • The use of an automobile
    • The purchase of meals or services at commercial establishments
    • A benefit connected with off-campus housing (i.e. TVs, stereos, furniture)
    • Selling or giving a student-athlete tickets for various events
    • Providing Christmas or birthday presents
    • Providing use of personal properties (i.e. car, boats, summer homes)
    • Providing professional services for which a fee is normally charged for free (i.e. haircuts, tennis court time, dental or medical services)
  • Do not permit a student-athlete, their family or friends to use your telephone for long distance calls at your expense.
  • Do not provide gifts or awards for a student-athlete' athletic performance. All such awards must conform to NCAA regulations and be approved by UMBC.
  • Do not use the name or picture of an enrolled student-athlete to advertise, recommend or promote the sale or use of any commercial product or service.
  • Do not provide an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement. NCAA regulations permit only necessary travel expenses. All such engagements must be approved in advance by the UMBC athletic department.
  • Do not give any money to any student-athlete. All such funds must be provided through the university. This applies to even summer or amateur athletic competitions.
  • Do invite a student-athlete or the entire team to an occasional family home meal as long as:
    • The meal takes place in a home and not a restaurant.
    • It occurs once per semester
    • Transportation may be provided by institutional staff members. This is the one time that a booster may also provide transportation, but it is only the booster that is hosting the event.

Remember: your role as a UMBC Retriever Booster is greatly appreciated as long as everyone "plays by the rules".